Marisa O’Toole.

Volunteer Lawyer's Project - Portland, ME

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

“I have always had this idea that social justice work and the law were passions that I should pursue, yet until this internship, I had never truly done that type of work. Interning for the VLP exposed me to what a career in social legal justice would be like and, because of it, I now know that this career is for me.”

Through VLP’s “Brunch&Learns”, as well, I attended twice-a-week presentations by lawyers from various fields of the law, which allowed me to learn a great deal about the statutes involved in their area and what their work entails. Additionally, through the Courthouse Assistance Projects, as well as through court observations at the Portland District Courthouse, I was able to observe attorney-client interactions and court procedures involving domestic violence, evictions, and debt collection, which really gave me a concrete sense of what practicing the law looks like. Undoubtedly, this internship went above and beyond the goals that I expected to attain this summer. Certainly, this experience forced me out of my comfort-zone, making me more confident in my ability to help others and more assertive when I needed to ask the difficult questions.


Project Details

  • Date September 22, 2015
  • Tags 2015, Law, Preston, Social Service, USA

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